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Photograph: Benny Haddad

Tsukeman ramen at Tsujita

Photograph: Benny Haddad
Photograph: Benny Haddad
Photograph: Benny Haddad
Photograph: Benny Haddad

If you want eat to at Tsujita during lunchtime without waiting more than 15 minutes, go alone to maximize your chances at snagging a sole seat at the counter. Otherwise, you might be waiting quite a while outside this small Sawtelle joint, along with everyone else who is there for the same reason you are: tsukemen. This would be dipping ramen that comes in two bowls—one for the noodles and the other for the broth. And Tsujita's tsukemen—served only at lunch—is probably some of the best in town. The broth is deeply porky and flavorful, and the noodles have a bite that can withstand the richness of the broth. No doubt, you'll inhale your bowl in 20 minutes. As for the 20-plus minutes you may have spent waiting in line? Worth every second.

Venue name: Tsujita
Address: 2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Sun–Thu 11am-2pm, 6pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am-2pm, 6pm-2am
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Erin Kuschner

It's easy to take one look at Tsujita's line and be like, "Nope, overhyped, not doing it," but guys, just do it. The ramen here is undoubtedly one of, if not the best bowls of the stuff in the city. If you get there right when it opens on the weekend, the wait isn't too bad, and food comes quickly. The noodles are perfectly chewy and, with a splash of lime, super fragrant, and the broth is just bananas. Rich, meaty, spicy - everything you could want in a bowl of ramen. Is it lunch time yet?